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Catacol Bridge

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Catacol Bridge
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From:  Lochranza
To:  Pirnmill
Highway Authority
North Ayrshire
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
On road(s)
C147 (North Ayrshire)

The Bridge at Catacol on Arran

Catacol Bridge crosses the Abhainn Mor a couple of miles south of Lochranza on Arran's west coast. It originally carried the A841, but since the early 2000s the A841 has been truncated, and so it is now the C147 that crosses the bridge.

The bridge is a 4 span concrete structure carrying a standard S2 roadway without pavements. Although undated, it appears to date from the 1920s or 30s; there was certainly a bridge here in 1945, but mapping from c1900 marks a ford. Indeed, there is still a concrete weir immediately below the bridge which could well be the old ford. The structure is enlivened by its detailing. The cutwaters are semi-octagonal, projecting into the arch spaces and then tapering away below deck level. However, the piers are projected out and up into the parapet forming a series of square blocks, which in an urban setting would carry street lamps. Between these piers, metal railings act as parapets, and while they are essentially ordinary, a pair of swags have been added in each bay, a little detail which really lifts the bridge aesthetically.

Catacol Bridge
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